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Inclusion and Diversity

Scouts is an inclusive, values based movement and membership is open to all those who share our fundamental values.

Scouts is an inclusive, values based movement. Membership is open to all those who share our fundamental values. The Equal Opportunities Policy outlines what we do to ensure the movement is open and accessible; and that people are treated equally and with respect. This policy is reflective of the ethos of Scouts, expressed by our fundamental values (integrity, care, co-operation, respect and belief) and our commitment to delivering Scouts for all. By removing any real or perceived barriers to participation, we can ensure that even more young people can enjoy the adventure of Scouts and that Scouts will be as diverse as the communities in which we live.

Including everyone

This section includes information about individual characteristics in members, including information for adults looking to support members in Scouts, and for members who identify with these characteristics.

This section includes information about:

Learn about how Scouts is an inclusive organisation open to all

Supporting those with additional needs and neurodiversity

This sections includes information about how we best support young people and adults with additional needs and neurodiversity at Scouts. These include:

Read our guidance on supporting those with additional needs

Inclusion learning and training

Find out what inclusion training is available and how you can learn more about supporting young people. 

Discover what training is available

Scouts for SDGs

Our inclusion principles are reflected in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These recognise that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. Read more about these and how to get involved.

Find out more on Scouts for SDGs